Don't buy the Samsung Galaxy S III outright - it's cheaper on a plan

$899 outright from telcos, versus $828 on Vodafone $29 12 month plan

Samsung Galaxy S III

Buying the Samsung Galaxy S III outright may cost $899 from a telco, but savvy shoppers can save money by buying the phone on a Vodafone 12 month $29 plan: its total minimum cost is $828.

Although it only publicised its 24 month contracts for the Galaxy S III, Vodafone is offering the smartphone on 12 month plans as well. Despite higher monthly mobile repayment costs, the plans work out cheaper than buying the Galaxy S III outright at Samsung's recommended retail price.

None of the plans are quite as cheap as Allphones' $798 online or $825 in-store prices, but they come close: the total minimum cost of the Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S III on a 12 month $29 cap plan is $828. The step-up $39 monthly plan is $888 over 12 months.

Vodafone's deals are currently only for the 16GB models, with delivery of white phones within a week. Availability of the Pebble Blue variant is uncertain; Vodafone will contact buyers within 8 days to "update.. on stock deliveries."

Samsung Galaxy S III

Vodafone's plans can be cancelled at any time, with a standard early exit fee: for example, $29 must be paid for every month of the $29 plan remaining, and the balance of handset repayments must also be paid. Vodafone also says that an unlocking fee applies for anyone wanting to use a Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S III on another network.

Update: TopBuy is selling the Pebble Blue Galaxy S III outright for $699 plus $27.95 postage. The first batch, shipping on 2 June, has already sold out. The second batch will be dispatched around June 10.

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